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Peltier Winery and Vineyards: A Passion for Wine, Food, Family and Friends

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Quality Lodi Appellation wines and great cuisine go hand in hand, but many people don’t realize the true art behind both. Great culinary feasts start with fresh-from-the-field foods, knowledgeable minds and skilled hands.

Acampo Tradition
Exceptional wines are born the same way, but one agricultural family business has made it their life’s mission to create outstanding wines from their sustainably farmed, certified green, estate-grown vineyards. Peltier Winery & Vineyards has gained a solid reputation for being a family-inspired cutting-edge winery and custom crush facility based in the Acampo area.

“The roots and history of Peltier Winery & Vineyards run deep in this community,” shared director of marketing and design Ian Bender. “Rodney Schatz, the winery’s proprietor, hails from a tradition of grape-growing families and represents the third generation. From growing up working the family farms, Rodney developed a passion for farming and a love for the land. In 1985, shortly after graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Rod and his wife, Gayla, purchased their first vineyard with a goal in mind of continuing the legacy that their parents and grandparents had begun so many years ago.”

Creating Award Winners
Their first vineyard is located on the corner of Peltier Road and Kennefick Road along the old rusted railroad tracks that were originally laid in the early 1900s. In 2001 the family built a winery and custom crush facility in the same location. Since day one, the couple has worked tirelessly to achieve their dream of creating their own wine brand, one that captures the hearts of wine appreciators worldwide. Their core vision has never wavered from making outstanding wines; Rod and Gayla demonstrate a commitment to quality and excellence when creating individuality in each bottle.

Peltier Winery introduced this private label’s first offering in the mid-2000s, a Petite Sirah that won Best of Class and Best of Region at the 2006 and 2007 California State Fair. The family now farms more than 1,200 acres of wine grapes and their library of wines has expanded with multiple awarding winning varietals including cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, malbec, merlot, petite sirah, pinot grigio, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, syrah, teroldego, viognier and zinfandel. The business is currently working on plans to enhance the winery and create an exceptional destination by designing a larger tasting facility, barrel room and executive suite, a project that is scheduled for completion in mid-to-late 2019.

The Next Generation
Another exciting milestone was recently achieved by the winery as well, the addition of the fourth generation of farmers and wine-growers. “We are very excited that Hadyn and Faryn Schatz, Rodney and Gayla’s son and daughter, have joined the family business,” Ian revealed. “Hadyn is focusing on a role in vineyard management and Faryn is working in the direct-to-consumer role at our tasting room. We are thrilled to have their fresh perspectives and ideas as part of all future plans of Peltier Winery.”

When it comes to looking toward the future, the Schatz’s are keenly aware that exceptional food can play a supporting role with equally exceptional wines. With this in mind, Peltier Winery has never lost sight of their commitment to educating wine lovers with proper wine and food pairings. One such educational tool is their tongue-in-cheek Pairing Responsibly web page, on which wine aficionados and home chefs can view a pairing guide that gives examples of what varietals go with what food categories. Those who may be seeking a more intimate look at wine and food pairing can discover the hidden talents of Rodney Schatz, a skilled home chef in his own right, on the Rod’s Recipes page. Whether it’s through conversation with the patrons of their tasting room or through interactions at community events, the Peltier Winery team lives and breathes their tag line, Exceptional Wine for Good Food to Share with All.

“Our wines are for everyone and we joke that our wines are not too ‘posh’ or ‘peasant’ for anyone,” Ian confirmed. “We enjoy making connections and building long-lasting relationships with people. We want people to stop by our tasting room as guests but leave as family friends. If our team can spend every day sharing our passion for wine, food, family and friends with those who are excited to discover something special and innovative at Peltier Winery, then we are doing our jobs right.” ■

To learn more about Peltier Winery, visit peltierwinery.com.